Inspiring West Virginians

The series from WV Public Broadcasting profiles West Virginians who have exceptional careers in scientific fields.  Curriculum for science and social studies is included.

  • Rodney Bartgis: Conservationist | Rodney Bartgis

    Learn about the work of conservationist Rodney Bartgis in this video from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Discussion questions are provided. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Geoffrey Cousins l Heart Surgeon

    Dr. Geoffrey Cousins is a heart surgeon who describes his upbringing in southern West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan, explains why he chose a career as a heart surgeon, and provides advice to students who are interested in a medical career.  Curriculum relates to research in advances in medical care in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and to analysis of data from EKG and EEG testing.  A guided viewing worksheet is also provided.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Astrophysicist Kim Weaver

    The life and career of astrophysicist Kim Weaver are described.   Curriculum includes a viewing guide and activities for science and social studies.

    Grades: 6-9, 11-12
  • John Ochsendorf, Structural Engineer

    The life and career of MIT structural engineering professor John Ochsendorf is profiled in this program from the Inspiring West Virginians series.  Lesson plans for science and social studies are included.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Dr. Lewis Cantley, Medical Researcher

    The life and career of medical researcher Dr. Lewis Cantley is chronicled.  Support materials for middle school science and social studies are included.

    Grades: 5-12